In today’s beer world, it seems that there is always something new to try. With over 300 breweries in Colorado alone, there are plenty of options to choose from. Today the staff here at West Vail Liquor Mart tried four brand new beers to the store widely ranging in style.
The first new beer we tried was from Dogfish Head out of Delaware. I often have to remind myself how awesome some of the creative brews from Dogfish Head are, and they never fail to make me think “I need to drink more Dogfish”. Biere de Provence was no exception. Biere de Provence is a Belgian style Saison brewed in defiance to the German Beer Purity Law (which is celebrating its 500 year anniversary in 2016). Dogfish Head brewed this monster with three ingredients that would make German beer purist cringe; Lavender, Marjoram, and Bay Leaves. The brew is 8.3% ABV but you wouldn’t know it as it goes down nice a smooth with some cool spice flavors.
Next we sampled Stone’s Go-To IPA, a session IPA bursting with hop flavor and aroma. This beer is now available in 16oz cans, and is under 5% so it is great for outdoor adventures. The staff found this one to be very flavorful, however easy drinking at the same time.
After trying these two brews from two of the largest craft breweries in the country, we decided to try some cool new Colorado beer. 1st we sampled Odd13’s Codename: Superfan IPA. Odd13 out of Lafayette, CO is a new brewery that recently became available for distribution in the mountain region. Codename: Superfan is a really great unfiltered hazy IPA brewed to the style of recent New England hazy IPAs. It has great hop flavor and is not overly bitter.
Finally, we tasted Lone Tree Brewing’s Peach Pale Ale. This turned out to be a great fruit flavored beer that was both refreshing and flavorful. Another great brew for the outdoors, the peach flavors provided a very drinkable effect. I could definitely put down a few of these in the hot sun.
Keep an eye out for these four tasty brews as well as the endless line of new beers to try here at the store.
-Dean LoRusso, Beer Buyer, West Vail Liquor Mart